Quinnipiac University Bobcats (10-2, 5-1 NEC) vs.
Wagner College Seahawks (4-10, 3-3 NEC)
Friday, April 17, 2009 4 p.m.
Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field Hamden, Conn.
The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team hosts Wagner on Friday at 4 p.m., in the final regular-season home game of the year. Seven members of the Bobcats will be honored as the team will recognize Senior Day with ceremonies beginning at 3:30 p.m. Quinnipiac enters the game on a six-game winning streak after defeating Brown, 11-6, on Tuesday afternoon. The victory was the 10th of the year, tying the program's single-season mark for wins in a season.
The Seahawks come to Hamden having lost their last two games. With a 4-10 overall record and a 3-3 mark in Northeast Conference play, Wagner currently sits tied for fifth in the league standings with Robert Morris. Kelly Blundin leads the team in points (41), goals (25) and assists (17) this season in starting in all 14 games. Carolyn Clark is second on the team in scoring with 29 points and trails only Blundin in goals with 24. Alex Johnston has started in all but one game for the Seahawks in goal this season, posting a 4-10 mark and a goals-against average of 14.08.
The Quinnipiac University Department of Athletics and Recreation will recognize the accomplishments of seven seniors playing in their final collegiate home game on Friday. Tiffany Manzi (Agawam, Mass.), Ashley Valentine (Friendship, Md.), Erin Coffey (Huntington, N.Y.), Nicole Fiore (Monroe, Conn.), Meghan Latonick (Severna Park, Md.), Janelle Lopez (Chula Vista, Calif.) and Hannah Nelson (Glastonbury, Conn.) will all be honored for their commitment to the Bobcats throughout their careers.
Top Of The Charts
Quinnipiac, as a team, leads or has a share of the lead the NEC in 11 statistical categories. The Bobcats boast the best offense (14.58 goals per game) and defense (8.97 goals allowed per game) in the conference. The team also leads the NEC in assists, points, shooting percentage, caused turnovers, turnovers, shots, shots on goal and margin of victory (all per game stats).
Valentine joined five other members of the Bobcats to be honored by the NEC this season when she was named the conference's Player of the Week. It marked the second week in a row and third time this season that a Quinnipiac player has been recognized as the week's best player in the league. Fiore and Katie Latonick (Severna Park, Md.) also received the accolade earlier this season. Coffey was named the NEC Defensive Player of the Week earlier this season, while freshmen Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.) and Marissa Caroleo (North Babylon, N.Y.) have both been honored as the NEC Rookie of the Week.
Defense Holds True
Coffey's 1.58 caused turnovers per games this season are tops in the NEC. She anchors the defense that allowed Brown to just six goals on Tuesday, the second lowest goals against total this season for the Bobcats. Valentine is second in the NEC in caused turnovers with 1.55 a contest.
Lending A Helping Hand
Katie Latonick's 34 assists this season are a new single-season record for Quinnipiac and the second most in the league. However, the junior attacker is first in assists per game in the NEC, averaging 2.83 a contest in 2009.
Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner
Fiore's second goal of the game against the Bears proved to the game winner. It was the third game-winning goal of the season for the senior attacker, putting her in a tie for first place in the conference.
Nelson Steps Up
Quinnipiac has been led from the back by a resurgent Nelson in goal. She made 12 saves against the Bears on Tuesday. In her last three games, Nelson has stopped 14, 13 and 12 shots, moving into first place in the NEC in save percentage (.579) and goals-against average (7.89).
Trio of Scorers
The combination of Latonick, Fiore and Valentine has proved to be a successful one for the Bobcats this season. Fiore ranks fourth (3.75), Latonick ranks fifth (3.42) and Valentine is seventh (3.36) in the NEC in points per game, giving the Bobcats the distinction of being the only team with three players in the top 10.
Give Her That Look
Manzi is the NEC leader in free-position goals and free-position goals per game. The senior midfielder has a league-high 14 goals from the eight-meter shot for an average of 1.17 a game. No other player in the league averages more than one free-position goal per game this season.
This year's senior class has combined for: 356 goals, 111 assists, 467 points, 539 ground balls, 384 draw controls and 293 caused turnovers in 36 team victories. The wins are the most over any four-year stretch in program history.